Beauties of Nature Workshop Announcement – June 7th to June 9th 2013

Beauties of Nature Workshop Announcement

June 7th-June 9th 2013


Hey guys, just want to give a heads up and shout out for a workshop that a couple of good friends of mine are putting on in June. In fact, this may be  one of the coolest workshops (next to my Palouse adventure of course, lol) I have seen in a while 🙂 If you have ever wanted to learn all about shooting models while being in an amazing setting for a weekend, set your calendars for June 7th to June 9th!

This is not a street workshop, this is an experience

I am seeing it more and more and I think street workshops are starting to burn out a bit and many of us are wanting something more from a workshop, I know I do . If I sit back and think about what I would want from a workshop it would be more like an “experience” that takes place over 2-4 days. Something that I would learn from, have fun with, and also remember for quite a while after it is over. That is how Ashwin and I came up with the Palouse Experience (which is now sold out) and how these guys came up with their “Beauties of Nature” workshop.

The “Beauties” workshop is put on by Todd Hatakeyama and Jay Bartlett and as I said, these are two great guys. Todd was my “Cruise master” on the 2012 Photo Cruise and also let me use his studio at no charge for my LA Workshop a while back. Todd and Jay are also joining me on the Palouse Experience and we are all excited about that one as well.

But as for  the “Beauties of Nature” looks like it is going to be an AMAZING time. I am going to try my best to make it myself because it appears like there will be some great opportunities to do what I mentioned above..learning, having fun and some amazing memories. We need more of that in life.

So what is this workshop all about? Take a look at their website as it explains it all in detail but here is a snippet from their site:

“Nothing enhances the beauty of a gorgeous woman better than a breathtaking backdrop of wild terrain. Come join us for an all-inclusive weekend of photography, celebrity models, food, wine, and fun on an 80-acre ranch in the Paso Robles wine country of central California.

Learn how to shoot spectacular high-fashion models in an outdoor setting with studio strobes and natural light.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph dazzling women in an extraordinary environment. The Beauties of Nature await you!”

Yes, this one is all about shooting models while enjoying your surroundings to the fullest. Celebrity model Nikki Leigh will be one of the models on hand…

Photo below by Jay Bartlett, the main instructor on this workshop


They will also feature celeb model Kathy Lyn Logsdon:


Another snippet from their website:

“You’ll spend your weekend in the comfortable accommodations of our ten-bedroom hacienda. A private chef will prepare and serve all your meals, which include beverages and between-meal snacks. In the evenings, chat with your instructors, fellow photographers and celebrity models as you sip a glass of one of the region’s celebrated wines. In the morning, head out for a sunrise shoot on the ranch, then return to the dining room for a hearty breakfast. During the day, acquire tips on composition, lighting, and exposure from world-class photographers and guest speakers in exclusive lectures and workshops, then get supervised, hands-on experience with group shoots of our models out in the field.”

So there ya go, almost hard to resist! If you have ever wanted to shoot amazing models in some amazing settings..this one is for you! Below is the schedule:

Friday, June 7th

3:00pm to 6:00pm – Participants Arrive

6:00pm to 7:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Lecture

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Sunset Landscape Shoot

9:00pm to 10:00pm – Capture One Lecture

Optional Late Night – Astronomy, Light Painting, Long Exposures


Saturday, June 8th

5:00am to 7:00am – Sunrise Landscape Shoot

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 11:00am – Lecture

11:00am to 2:00pm – Model Shoot/Landscape Shoot

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Lunch/Lecture

3:00pm to 7:00pm – Model Shoot/Landscape Shoot

7:00pm to 8:00pm – Dinner

8:00pm to 9:00pm – Sunset Landscape Shoot

9:00pm to 12:00am – Optional Individual Model Shoot

Optional Late Night – Light Painting, Long Exposures


Sunday, June 9th

5:00am to 7:00am – Sunrise Landscape Shoot

8:00am to 9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am to 10:00am – Rinzi Ruiz Lecture

10:00am to 2:00pm – Model Shoot

2:00pm to 3:00pm – Lunch

3:00pm to 5:00pm – Photo Critique


I never post about workshops from others nor do I promote them unless I am involved. While I am not involved in this one (though I may indeed be there), I felt some of my readers would like to know about this one as it is so much different than the same old same old street workshops that recycle constantly. It is refreshing, different, high class and the guys involved are top notch guys all the way. I am hoping  to see more of this style of workshop in the future, and is the direction my own workshops are heading toward as well.

BTW, I was not paid in any way to post this, just helping out a couple of friends to spread the word 🙂

More Information or to sign up:

You can check out all of the details about joining their workshop HERE at their “Beauties of Nature” workshop page.

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If you are one of the 1st 5 to sign up you can get $100 off just by mentioning you read about it here on


  1. You can tell most photographers are (straight) men whenever models are involved. These women are exceptionally gorgeous and putting them into lovely outdoor settings is a nice twist. It really does look like a fun way to learn some skills and meet some cool people. I’m sure everyone who attends will have a great time and learn a lot.

    But men can be goregeous, sexy, and photogenic, too. I’d feel more comfortable going to a workshop that had both male and female models. I was bothered back in art school that the life drawing class had a male model just twice. I wish more had changed in the thirty years since.

  2. The Cruise 2012 was a blast and I will be “here” too.
    With Todd involved, it will be a blast too, I guess 🙂

    So, Steve maybe see you there !

    Greets, Ingo

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